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Son 'devastated' after crashing car; father in critical condition

Logan Awong Logan Awong
Mai'ka De Freitas Mai'ka De Freitas
Jenny De Freitas Jenny De Freitas
Kehau Apana Kehau Apana

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A suspected drunken driver is at his father's hospital bedside following a violent truck crash in Nanakuli Saturday night. Jason Awong, who was the front-seat passenger, remains in critical condition.

Friends say Jason and Logan Awong had been at a friend's house in Nanakuli -- not far from their own home -- and were on their way to the store when the crash happened. They say the two are extremely close and that the son, who was behind the wheel, is devastated.

Residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in Nanakuli are trying to come to grips with the crash that involved the go-to guy in their neighborhood.

"He did help a lot of people," Mai'ka De Freitas, long-time neighbor, said. "Sad, it's just sad. He's too young, too young for something like this to happen."

Jason Awong, 39, was a passenger in a truck that bounced from object to object on Haleakala Avenue like a pinball machine Saturday night. Investigators say his son, Logan Awong, 22, was intoxicated when he lost control of the speeding pick-up and slammed into a curb, a mailbox, a rock wall, a utility pole, a fire hydrant, a tree, and then a second utility pole.

"The electric went out and then just getting phone calls hearing that, oh, it was Jason," De Freitas recalled. "So everybody was just shocked."

The driver's father is in critical condition.

"Just the other day, my son and I were going to work and he was standing right here on the road and he told us, 'Bye, Jenny. Bye, Mai'ka. Have a nice day. Don't work too hard,'" Jenny De Freitas, long-time neighbor, said. "Now, that's what I remember, you know, his voice."

Neighbors say Jason Awong is known for the delicious food he prepares in the imu in his backyard.

"Whenever they had a party, Jason was the one that did the kalua pig," Jenny De Freitas said. "He was always in charge. He always knew where to get the ti leaves, the banana stumps, the banana leaves."

Police arrested Logan Awong on suspicion of negligent injury, driving under the influence, and driving without a license.

"Father and son, but they was best friends, so it's kind of sad for see," Kehau Apana, long-time neighbor, said. "You know, they lost, they're going to lose both of them for one mistake, yeah."

"I don't know how anybody can go through something like that," Jenny De Freitas said. "But he's got his family."

Police released Logan Awong pending further investigation.

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